One of the complaints I keep hearing about Netflix’s Marvel shows is that they are too long, with every season so far sitting at 13 episodes, except for The Defenders and Iron Fist Season 2.
Iron Fist Season 2 was a bit more manageable at ten episodes instead of thirteen, so the question is now, will this be the direction Marvel and Netflix take in the future? Please.
Talking to EW, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb explained why Iron Fist’s second season was shorter:
“That was really a function of the story that Raven [Metzner, Iron Fist season 2 showrunner] wanted to tell. It worked very well within that particular [story] and people seemed to respond to it, so that was a very good idea.”
EW then questioned Loeb what the longer seasons do for storytelling:
“Being able to tell a story in 10 or 13 hours, we’re not hampered — and hampered is too strong a word — by just being able to tell the story of the hero. We can also tell the story of the antagonist. [On the movies side], they have to tell a whole story in two hours and get you invested in the hero’s story and get you invested in the antagonist’s story. That’s a big challenge. We can spend a whole episode just dealing with this person’s backstory.”
Loeb confirmed that going forward, the seasons may vary in episode count based on the showrunner’s plans. So… don’t expect a nice, clean 10 episodes of Daredevil Season 3!
How do you feel about the length on Marvel’s Netflix shows’ seasons? Is 13 the sweet spot? Is 10 still too many? Let us know in the comment section below!
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